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  1. Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Renewal and healing
    December 1, 2023
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a Christian romance set in 1895 in Texas. Birdie's father died and her mother abandoned her, so she goes to her mother's childhood friend hoping she'll help her get to her aunt. Only, Lida pressures Birdie into prostitution at her brothel. Birdie now feels worthless, used, and rejected. Then a pastor enters the brothel, offering refuge at his mission, and Birdie accepts. But what does her future hold? Most folk don't want anything to do with an ex-prostitute, and a few even claim God won't forgive a sin as bad as hers.

    Ephraim is talented at playing and singing music, and he dutifully helps his pastor father with his mission and revivals. He feels restless, though, and he doesn't understand how his parents can pray for Lida (as he's never been told that they once knew each other). He's captivated by Birdie's beautiful singing and enjoys her kind, caring personality, but he's not supposed to get personally involved with the girls at the mission.

    The main characters were engaging, reacted realistically to events, and grew in maturity. Birdie and Ephraim shared interests and got along well. The main focus of the story was how God forgives and can make one new. The pastor constantly prayed to God for guidance, and several of the ex-prostitutes accepted Christ as they came to understand what He'd done for them. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this story of renewal and healing.

    I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
  2. Connie Stevens
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling, uplifting, irresistible redemption
    April 11, 2024
    Connie Stevens
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    I always climb into bed with a book. Sometimes I read a chapter or two before getting drowsy, and other times only a few pages.

    But this book . . . this book has kept me up into the wee hours reading, because I have to turn the next page. These characters and the circumstances with which they are dealing are so compelling, so inspiring, so uplifting and convicting at the same time, I CAN'T put them aside. The portrait of redemption is irresistible. That God can forgive our past regardless of the shame or regrets seems illogical, but once His promise is embraced, His exquisite peace cannot be denied. This is the theme of The Songbird of Hope Hill.

    This book is the MUST READ for 2024.
  3. Vicki F
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    truly inspirational
    December 2, 2023
    Vicki F
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    God's grace, redemption, forgiveness, fulfilling God's purpose for you, and valuing children as God's gift (regardless of the circumstances of birth) are all trademarks of Kim Vogel Sawyer's novels. The Songbird of Hope Hill is no exception. Not written in a common style for Sawyer (Amish or Mennonite characters), The Songbird of Hope Hill is inspirational and hopeful with realistic characters. This novel does not disappoint.

    A copy was provided for my review, but all opinions are my own.
  4. Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An uplifting, redemptive tale
    December 5, 2023
    Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Songbird of Hope Hill by Kim Vogel Sawyer is an uplifting redemptive story set in 1895, Texas. A touching story that will leave readers inspired to view others through a lens of mercy.

    The author takes a sensitive subject and handles it with care, showing how there is hope and forgiveness for everyone, no matter how far we fall. It is a well-written story packed with faith, hope and love. I liked seeing all of the different character perspectives, especially Birdie's, and could relate to some of their struggles. The romance is a tender one, based on friendship, but not the focus.

    Readers who enjoy Christian historical fiction, with plenty of faith and a clean romance, should enjoy this one. 4.5 stars

    (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
  5. lady harris
    Maryland
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Impactful Inspiring Story
    May 8, 2024
    lady harris
    Maryland
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Songbird of Hope Hill: A Novel - eBook.
    The Songbird of Hope Hill by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a story of second chances through faith and forgiveness. Meaningful conversation between Isaiah Overly the preacher, Gods ways arent our ways, but -, and Ephraim his son, His ways are always better, was truly the theme throughout this heartfelt fictional historical Christian novel.

    The story centers around Birdie who is rescued from a house of ill repute by Pastor Overly. The Pastor along with his wife Ophelia founded Hope Hill, a haven to teach women how to read and write, and other skills necessary to ensure their future will be better than their past. All of the characters within the story have their own struggles, which weave together with Birdies as she journeys towards faith. At Hope Hill Birdie upon joining the choir finds that her gift of song was meant for singing praises to God. We also get to witness the most beautiful love story between Ephraim and Birdie as they slowly grow together in faith, friendship, and mutual love.

    Sawyer with her masterful prose takes her readers on a journey that will forever resonate that even the most broken can find redemption in the loving embrace of God. She is unmatched in her ability to make the most realistic intricate characters and narrative to draw ones attention from beginning to end. An impactful inspiring story, The Songbird of Hope Hill, touches ones heart and will linger for long after the end.

    I received a complimentary copy of this outstandingly beautiful book, The Songbird of Hope Hill, from WaterBrook & Multnomah via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to write a favorable review, and all opinions are my own.
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